Tura, Sept 28: MeECL has always been lackadaisical when it comes to reforming themselves to better suit the people they serve. The same has been evident in the various initiatives it has taken within Meghalaya. However, what for now seems to be the worst part of their attitude, is the importance it pays to lighting villages to lighten the load of the rural populace. What has come to light is that in some areas of Garo Hills, electricity has been missing for about 25 days in a month, and the reason for it seems to be the fact that it has only one lineman for a stretch of road of about 40 kms.
Bali, Sept 28 (IANS): Megan Young from Philippines was crowned Miss World 2013 here Saturday. The second place went to Miss France Marine Lorphelin and third to Miss Ghana Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter.
The 23-year-old defeated 126 contestants including Miss India Navneet Kaur Dhillon, who could only make her way to top 20, to clinch the crown.
SHILLONG, Sept 28: In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true – Buddha.
As the prayer lanterns lifted slowly and the draft carried it in different directions higher on a rather dark gloomy Shillong night, at the conclusion of the 18 Degree cultural festival here at the State central library, these lanterns transcended all boundaries.
New Delhi, Sept 27 (IANS): Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Friday dropped a political bombshell on an unsuspecting government, saying that the ordinance that it had sent up to the president to protect convicted lawmakers from disqualification, was "wrong", should be "torn up and thrown away" and it was time to stop "this nonsense".
In what came as a major embarassment for the Manmohan Singh government, especially when the prime minister was away in the US and had a summit meeting ahead (Friday mid-morning Washington time) with President Barack Obama, Gandhi trashed the ordinance in an unexpected appearance at the Press Club of India where Congress spokesman Ajay Maken was painstakingly defending it.
SHILLONG, Sept 28: The ILP conundrum in the state is earning the maximum gaze at the moment in the public domain be it of whatever medium. The pressure groups who want the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 to be implemented in Meghalaya are on an agitating path with large scale arson besides picketing, road blockades and bandh has paralyzed the state and its development. The BEFR is presently in effect in three northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh where BEFR and the Chin Hills Regulation, 1896 provide special protection and safeguard for the peaceful existence of the indigenous tribal people of the state besides Mizoram and Nagaland.
Attendance improves slightly, rumors add to woes
SHILLONG, Sept 27: The official vehicle of the Inspector General of Police (CID) BR Rana was set on fire on Friday afternoon when unidentified miscreants lobbed petrol bomb at his official residence at fourth furlong.
No one was injured in the attack.
This is the first time that a high ranking police officer has been attacked by the pro-ILP agitators.
The attack was carried out during the second and final day of the office picketing called by the NGOs who are demanding for the implementation of the ILP in Meghalaya.
SHILLONG, Sept 27: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Friday held state’s opposition political parties responsible for the ongoing turmoil in the state even as he accused them for adding fuel to the fire.
The state is appallingly affected by the ongoing agitations called by pressure groups demanding for immediate implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) in state.